Dance World Cup Success
17-year-old Ratcliffe College student, Isobel Knight, competed as part of Team England at Fort Regent in St Helier, Jersey, along with 42 other dancers from Dupont Dance Stage School. During the week-long event, Isobel clinched four golds, five silvers and one bronze in trio and group dance routines.
Throughout the competition, Dupont won a staggering 24 medals, helping Team England finish top of the medal table ahead of Germany and Portugal.
They were also the only dance school to gain medals in all genres ranging from show dance, contemporary, tap, song and dance, as well as the more traditional categories such as national dancing and Greek dance.
Isobel has been a member of Dupont Dance stage school since she was five years old and currently trains four times a week, while also studying for her ‘A’ levels in Spanish, Ethics & Philosophy and Biology.
Commenting on her experience, Isobel said: ‘Leading up to The Dance World Cup we trained for at least 16 hours a week in order to prepare for the high standard that we knew we would face in Jersey. The amount of medals that we won shows that our commitment and determination have paid off, which is a great feeling’.
Dupont Dance Stage School was also the only dance school to have been chosen by the judges to perform four of their winning dances again at the end of the competition in the Gala. At the Gala, which showcases all of the World Champion dances, the tap group, in which Isobel performed, was named the best tap group in the World; a phenomenal achievement!
Continuing, Isobel said, ‘It was a privilege to have been chosen to perform at such a prestigious event with so many other talented people from around the world who share the same love for dance as I do. It was a great experience which can never be replaced or forgotten and which has inspired me to train harder in order to reach my potential as a performer.’
Despite the fierce competition from the other 4,000 competitors from 37 different counties, Team England were named overall champions. The Team are now starting to prepare for next year’s Dance World Cup in Offenburg, Germany.